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Three To See 2018: Three beautiful classical concerts

By | Published on Saturday 28 July 2018

ThreeWeeks Co-Editor Caro Moses helps you navigate the Festival with her Three To See tips. This time three classical performances.

Vaughn Williams’s A Sea Symphony | Usher Hall | 9 Aug
Right, classical music, and there’s always a good amount of it to be found over at the Edinburgh International Festival, so that’s where we will start. The title of this is a bit misleading because it’s actually a performance of two pieces of music, and, much as I do love Vaughn Williams and this brilliant piece, it’s the other element I am most interested in. In celebration of the composers 90th birthday, the ensemble perform a Scottish premiere of Thea Musgrave’s ‘Turbulent Landscapes’, a powerful musical journey through six vivid land and seascapes by J M W Turner.

Cello On Fire | C too | 2-9 + 20-27 Aug (pictured)
Celebrated Viennese cellist Peter Hudler returns to the Fringe with a new show, and we are very pleased because we really loved the show he brought to Edinburgh last year. Our reviewer praised his “wonderful playing” which “blurred the boundaries between genres and instruments”. This year we are primed to expect a “burning hot mix of styles, genres and characters from the most simple folk tune to the most sophisticated jazz gem, from bluegrass to baroque”. Hurrah.

Pierre-Laurent Aimard & Tamara Stefanovich | The Queen’s Hall | 24 Aug
Back over to the International Festival now, and a duo of acclaimed pianists for you, playing pieces from brilliant Brahms and marvellous Messaien. “Angels, saints, songbirds; orbiting planets, stars, pealing bells. Messiaen’s kaleidoscopic Visions de l’Amen for two pianos is an epic exploration of faith, a celebration of creation, and a tribute to the wonders of human love. By way of complete contrast, they open the concert with the richly Romantic emotions of Brahms’s seldom heard Sonata for Two Pianos, which he later transformed into his Piano Quintet Op 34”.